12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner
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Fly
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zurich — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town, then look for gifts at Barenland, then browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof, and finally see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then look for gifts at Freitag Shop Zurich, and finally look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich tour planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in August, expect nights in Zurich to be cooler, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, then see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally learn something new at Max Chocolatier. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then explore the wide array of goods at Bucherer.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Shopping · Nature · Museums · Parks

Zermatt — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
For shopping fun, head to Laderach or Metzgerei Bayard. Step out of Zermatt to go to Verbier and see Ski Service, which is approximately 2h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, enjoy the views from Glacier Express, see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Side Trips

Geneva — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally stop by Sweetzerland Chocolatier.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Geneva day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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